6 Trends in Beverly Hills for Fall & Winter 2017/2018: Styling Tips From a Fashion Expert
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
I recently interviewed a stylist friend named Jessica who works in Beverly Hills, California to find out what trends are hot in Los Angeles. Jessica is in her early 30s, so these fashion tips are perfect for younger women and teenagers. However, Jessica advises highly fashionable, older women; so she pays attention to clothing and accessories worn by chic women over 50.
Most of Jessica’s tips come from the street styles seen in trendy, fashion-obsessed areas of LA, such as Rodeo and Melrose.
Can Women Over 50 Wear These Trends?
Yes. Most trends can be incorporated into your style with a bit of tweaking to get the proportions right.
However, the only way to know for sure if a current fashion is appropriate for your age and your body is to try the outfit on and text a photo to a trusted, honest, and objective friend or a younger female from your family.
Sometimes, just seeing your selfie of the outfit on your phone will be enough to make you send the item back. So, keep all your packing slips and boxes just in case.
Every woman knows how hard it is to guess if a top or a pair of trousers will look good on you… when the only thing you have to “go on” is a picture of the item on a skinny, 12-year-old child.
But, if you don’t live in a big city, online shopping is the only way to find a decent inventory of cool clothes in your size.
Hot Outfits for Fall 2017 Through Spring 2018
Jessica, the Beverly Hills stylist, says the tips in this list include “pieces to buy now that will carry over from fall to spring.”
Whoop-dee-doo... I almost laughed when she said that, but I bit my tongue, because I know that women in Southern California are fixated on looking trendy.
Most females in America are not quite as obsessed with shopping as the women in SoCal. So, that means it takes at least a year for a new trend to hit Kansas or Seattle after it “blows up” in fashion cities like NY, LA, and London.
In other words, most of you will be able to wear these trends now and for several years to come without looking démodé.
Jessica’s List of Current Fall Trends:
The first thing Jessica told me was that fashions will, “continue the 70s vibe.” Note: Jessica’s tips are in quotes. I will use her exact wording whenever possible.
Trend 1. “Anything White”
Angelenos are wearing “white ankle boots, white leather, white leather jackets, white patent leather, and shiny white vinyl”.
“White ankle boots are new this fall and will be trendy in LA for another year for sure. White boots will cross over into spring with more of a feminine look… in my opinion. Women will wear them with flowy skirts. White boots are also worn with tailored suitings.”
Jessica called me back after a day to make sure we understood the importance of the trend.
“White shoes are EVERYWHERE! That means the only thing that matters for spring is white pumps… white leather pumps or white patent leather pumps.”
Trend 2. “Red Head to Toe”
One of the biggest trends this fall is wearing an “all-red outfit. All one color. All red. All blue. All any color worn from head to toe.”
Jessica likes red shoes. “Buy red shoes now… maybe red patent leather pumps. They are the it thing. Red shoes are great for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but they are good all year with almost anything. Wear them with an all-black outfit.”
Trend 3. Menswear Tweeds & Plaids for Suits
Tina's POV: I would just like to mention that this mannish trend looks best on beautiful dolls like you. And, you don't have to go full-bore by wearing the whole suit-and-tie thing. Most of us will just add a plaid or pinstripe jacket to update an outfit we love. PS: The only way I would wear this trend would be by mixing different plaids of similar colors. If I wore a suit and tie like Blake and Melania, small dogs would run away and big dogs would bite me.
Trend 4. “Dressing All in Black”
“Goth is pop… mainstream. See Louis Vuitton from last year. See Marc Jacobs. I call this Grunge Goth… with black shiny fabrics like black patent leather for shoes or pants. They also wear glossy patent or vinyl coats and jackets.”
If you are over 50, I recommend you skip the black lipstick unless you have a facelift every year or two and your friendly collagen man is on your speed dial. You should also keep your heavy-duty Goth items to a minimum. Although, an Alexander McQueen skull scarf is always in style.
Trend 5. “Sequins for Daytime”
Women are wearing sequins with everyday outfits. I asked Jessica to elaborate, because I wasn't sure if I heard her right, and she said, “like a sequin top worn with jeans.”
Trend 6. Velvet Clothing & Accessories
“Another trend is velvet. Velvet shoes, velvet dresses, velvet blazers. Navy blue velvet is basic, and navy looks more expensive than black.”
There are a lot of trends here that can be worn by women of any age. For example, women over 50 can add something shiny black and Goth-ish to an outfit without looking like they went off the reservation. (Skip the black lipstick.) All the other outfits are mainstream enough for you and me, while younger women and teens can pump up these trends to match their vibrant, creative personalities. Oh heck, older women can do this, too.
Jessica has been texting with clothing and accessories we should buy now that will be trendy in spring. So, watch for a second article about LA style.
Photo Credits: PRshots.com.
Note: Many of these items are for sale on the following sites, but I am unable to verify them as I normally do. I have had a difficult week health-wise... but people say I shouldn't mention that, so don't tell anyone... however, the main thing I want to show you with these photos is how these cool fall outfits are put together by the trendies... especially the outfits with the neo Go-Go boots. White ankle boots are a total surprise to me.
- Main Photo: Fall Outfits: Miss Selfridge, Wallis, River Island Plus Size. (Can you be plus size in BH?)
- Head to Toe Red Trend in LA: River Island.
- Anything White: Cream Coat, White Patent Boots: River Island.
- Fall & Winter Trend: All-Red, All-Pink, All-Blue One Color Outfits: Debenhams, River Island, River Island.
- Menswear Trend Fall Outfits: River Island, River Island Plus, Hobbs.
- Black Goth-ish Outfit Trend: New Look.
- Sequins for Daytime: Cotton Edits.
- Paisley Print Silk Velvet Jacket: East Clothing.
More Articles for My Boomer Friends & Young Fashionistas Who Want to Know What's Hip:
Top 20 Trends for Fall & Winter -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (This article is from a few years ago, but all my articles contain timeless information and tips.)
Holiday Chic for Women over 40, 50, 60, 70: How to be Glam at a Christmas or New Year's Party (This is one of Jessica's other articles.)
Comments? Please leave a comment and let me know if you like any of these trends. I know that clothing designers, overseas manufacturers, and fashion buyers drop by from time to time to see what Boomer Women like and dislike. None of these people pay me to write this blog, so I am free to use my first-amendment rights as I see fit. So, tell 'em what you think.